A. EVENTS (click to see details below)

1. Tu. Nov. 24: Research and Implementation Experiences in Asia

2. Mon. Dec 7: Global to Local Luncheon Series: Study Abroad: Crossroads Springs Africa

3. Tue. Feb. 9, 2016: The Gender Institute invites you to a Feminist Research Alliance Workshop "On Mentoring"

4. Thu. Feb. 25, 2016: The Gender Institute invites you to a Feminist Research Alliance Workshop “The Cult of Elizabeth and the Production of Elizabethan Literature”

5. Mon. March 8, 2016: The Gender Institute invites you to a Feminist Research Alliance Workshop “On Fire: Islamophobia, Gendered Geographies of Containment, and the Refusal of the Right to the City”

B. CALL FOR PAPERS (click to see details below

1. Rolling Deadline: Journal of Research on Women and Gender

2. "Writing Women’s Lives” International Conference

3. Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series

C. SAMPLING OF GENDER-RELATED COURSES SPRING 2016 (click to see details below)

1. Tu/Th - AS 323/ENG 323: Gender in South Asian Literature (Reg #:23943/23214)

2. M,W,F - ENG 310: Shakespeare’s Later Plays (Reg #:17750)

3. Th - ENG 651: Queer Black Peformance (Reg #: (A) 23256 (B) 23257)

4. Th - GGS 590: Feminism and Body Politic (Reg #:23960)

5. Wed - HIS 420: Masculinity from Ancient Greece to Modern America (Reg #:24132)

6. Fri - LAW 833 SEM: International Women's Human Rights (Reg #:22437)

7. Tu - SW 714: International Social Work (Reg #:17238)

D. FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS (click to see details below)

1. Gender Institute grants & fellowships






1. Tu. Nov 24: Research and Implementation Experiences in Asia
Dr. Tippawan Liabsuetrakul, Associate Professor, Prince Songkla University, Thailand
9: 00-10:00 am, 180 Farber Hall, UB South Campus Free

Please join us next for our next guest speaker Dr. Tippawan Liabsuetrakul. She will be sharing her research and implementation experiences in health care reform and maternal and child health throughout Asia. For more information, please contact Jessica Scates, jmscates@buffalo.edu
Sponsored by the Office of Global Health Initiatives.

2. Mon. Dec 7: Global to Local Luncheon Series: Study Abroad: Crossroads Springs Africa
12:30 - 1:30 pm, 684 Baldy Hall (Please arrive at 12:15 for lunch) Free

A presentation by Carol Snyder, Vice President of Crossroads Springs Africa, Inc.
For more information, contact Stephanie Sacco: smsacco@buffalo.edu

3. Tue. Feb. 9: The Gender Institute invites you to a Feminist Research Alliance Workshop "On Mentoring"
Luis A. Colón, A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry and UB Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education
12:00-1:30 p.m., 207 UB Commons, Gender Institute, North Campus

Free and open for the public. Lunch will be served.

4. Thu. Feb. 25: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: “The Cult of Elizabeth and the Production of Elizabethan Literature”
Barbara Bono, Associate Professor, UB English
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 207 UB Commons, UB North Campus Free

Building on Bono's more focused and occasional September 2015 slide presentation for the Gender Institute Symposium “Wonder Women and Super Men”—"From A Midsummer Night's Dream to Twelfth Night: Shakespeare and the Cult of Elizabeth in the Twilight of the Elizabethan Regime”—this presentation argues for the creative tension in artistic production in a patriarchal society created by the presence of a long-lived female ruler, Elizabeth I (governed 1558-1603), on the English throne. Examples, which will be illustrated by visual analogues, will be drawn especially from the second half of her reign, and from a range of notable literary authors, including John Lyly, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson. This presentation is also one of the first of a year-long series of public humanities events commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, “Bvffalo Bard 2016: 40 Years Since Shakespeare”: for a complete listing see http://www.buffalobard.wordpress.com/ .

Lunch will be provided.

5. Mon. March 8: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: “On Fire: Islamophobia, Gendered Geographies of Containment, and the Refusal of the Right to the City”
Melinda Brennan, Ph.D. Candidate, Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 207 UB Commons, UB North Campus Free

The controversies surrounding the Park51 lot in New York and the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, often erroneously referred to as the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ and the ‘Murfreesboro Mosque’, underscore the ways that tactics of spatial containment operate against racialized religious communities, and are connected to intersecting legacies of violence, racism, and xenophobia in the U.S. The importance of changing attitudes towards Muslims and Islam in the U.S., as well as the ways that racialization of religious communities is a gendered process, are crucial to understanding the geographies of containment enacted against Muslim communities. In her project, Brennan advances the concept “slow death” as a way to describe denials of space and debates about who has the ‘right to the city’ as tied to gendered discourses of counterterrorism, and racist legacies of arsons against black churches and the mass shooting against the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She argues that the contemporary Islamophobic political climate in the U.S. is ‘heating up’ because of the increasing political cachet of Islamophobic rhetoric, while decentering 9/11 from analysis of Islamophobia in an effort to illustrate that challenges to mosques, community centers and cemeteries reveal the ordinariness of rejection, and how quickly such local discourses and democratic challenges can access a national sentimentality, in turn increasing the likelihood of physical danger for racialized religious communities.

Lunch will be provided.


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1. Rolling Deadline: Journal of Research on Women and Gender, Texas State University

Texas State University JRWG Mission: Promote critical dialogue about experiences of women and persons of various gender identities in diverse cultural contexts. The Journal welcomes manuscripts that give voice to the unique and varied expressions of women and various genders. It is an interdisciplinary publication that welcomes qualitative research, pedagogical work and creative projects.

Interested in being a reviewer or submitting a manuscript? Register here: https://journals.tdl.org/jrwg/index.php/jrwg/user/register

For questions contact the editor: Dr. Audwin Anderson: AA04@txstate.edu, 512-245.2361

2. Deadline: Mon. Nov 30: “Writing Women’s Lives” International Conference
Mar 20-21, 2016, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Doha, Qatar

Abstracts should include: name and affiliation of the presenter(s), contact information, and a 250-word text. For full consideration, please submit an individual paper proposal or a panel proposal to the following email: womensconference@georgetown

SFS-Q will cover travel and accommodation costs for international participants. Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume or special journal issue. For additional information, contact Hagar Rakha at hagar.rakha@georgetown.edu

3. Deadline: Mon. Feb 1: Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series

Edited by Jacob M. Held. Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

Man’s World vs. Themyscira: Wonder Woman as feminist icon; Is Wonder Woman a feminist; Amazons, nature, domination and ecofeminism; God vs. Goddess of War: War and Peace studies; Does Wonder Woman have to be so sexy? Gender, Empowerment, and DC Comics; Wonder Woman as Archetype?

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CVs: February 1, 2016

2. Submission deadline for drafts of accepted papers: June 1, 2016.

Kindly submit by e-mail (with or without Word attachment) to jmheld@uca.edu

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1. Tu/Th - AS 323/ENG 323: Gender in South Asian Literature (Reg#:23943/23214)
Instructor: Walter Hakala
This course will examine the different ways in which gender is constructed through South Asian literature, theatre, and film. It is intended to introduce students to the literatures of South Asia, a region that includes present-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, by foregrounding the ways in which gender shapes different types, or genres, of text, and how different genres of text in turn shape notions of gender. Our task in this course will be to discover the cultural underpinnings of historical and contemporary conceptions of gender, sexuality, and love. Inasmuch as we “play” out our gender roles our social life, this course will also explore the ways performance is imbedded in the public culture of South Asia.
All assigned texts are in English and no background in other languages or South Asian Studies is expected. Satisfies a Breadth of Literary Study requirement for English majors and an upper-level elective requirement for Asian Studies majors and minors.

2. M,W,F - ENG 310: Shakespeare’s Later Plays (Reg #: 17750)
Instructor: Barbara Bono
We’ll start where I typically leave off in English 309: Shakespeare: Earlier Plays, with the Chorus’s fond hope at the beginning of Act V of Henry V that the triumphant Hal will enter London like a “conqu’ring Caesar,” or “As, by a lower but high-loving likelihood, Were now the General of our gracious Empress—/As in good time he may—from Ireland coming, /Bringing rebellion broached on his sword.” (Henry V, Chorus, Act V, ll. 22-35). But there’s a problem. Essex, the ambitious courtier-knight who was “the General of our gracious Empress” (the aging Queen Elizabeth I) did not come home from Ireland like a “conqu’ring Caesar,” “Bring rebellion broached on his sword.” Instead he came home defeated, rebellious himself.
These—Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest—will be our texts; these—origin, conflict , sex, murder, ambition, death, production, and reproduction—will be our issues. It should be quite a semester.

3. Th - ENG 651 SEM: Queer Black Performance (Reg #: (A)23256 (B)23257)
Instructor: Hershini Bhana Young
The class will be on Queer Black Performance and will focus on current theorizations of raced sexuality, particularly though not exclusively through the lens of performance studies. We will be reading from 13 texts. For example, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures; Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low; Excerpts from Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings; Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique; Introduction and Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics.

4. Th - GGS 590: Feminism and Body Politic (Reg #: 23960)
Instructor: Gwynn Thomas
Recent feminist scholarship has addressed the gendered foundations of political communities by critically interrogating accepted understandings of the nation, the state, and citizenship. Taken together citizenship, nation and state compose the “Body Politic.” Central to the debates in literature around these concepts are the issues that surround how to define and delineate political communities and what are and should be the relationships between members of those communities. This course examines how gender has been an integral part of creating and maintaining political power and authority, fostering the emotional bonds of national sentiment, developing and implementing the institutions and process of state development, and shaping the ideals of citizenship.

5. Wed - HIS 420: Masculinity from Ancient Greece to Modern America (Reg #: 24132)
Instructor: Patrick McDevitt
Masculinity can be defined as the social meaning attached to biological maleness. For scholars of gender, it is axiomatic that masculinity and femininity are cultural constructs and the values attached to biological sex, despite some overlap, substantially vary across time, geography, nationality, class, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. This seminar will investigate the myriad constructions of manhood in the West from ancient Greece to modern day. Using both primary and secondary texts, students will consider the continuities and discontinuities in how different societies and their subsets defined ideal and flawed manhood. This wide-ranging survey will consider masculinity in ancient Greece, republican and imperial Rome, pagan and Christian late antiquity, medieval and Renaissance, Europe, revolutionary France, aristocratic, middle class, and working class Britain, nineteenth and twentieth century America, and imperial and post-colonial contexts. Students will produce a series of response papers to readings, an analysis of a film which depicts an historical conception of masculinity, and a group research project.

6. Fri - LAW 833 SEM: International Women's Human Rights (Reg #: 22437)
Instructor: Isabel Marcus
Women’s rights jurisprudence and practice are important exciting and challenging new legal developments. In this seminar we will explore the complexities of relationships among cultures and stereotypes, national laws and their implementation, international women’s rights norms and instruments, and the work of non-governmental organizations. In addition to the substantive women’s rights issues in family law, criminal law, education law, employment law, and health and reproduction law, we also will address the disparate impact on women and girls of war and migration, structural adjustment, informal labor markets and “free enterprise” zones, and trafficking. We will consider various reporting mechanisms in international fora and evaluate international and regional efforts to develop state accountability for violations of women’s human rights. Students also will receive training in the use of computer resources for women’s rights research and will have opportunities to practice and enhance those skills.

7. Tue - SW 714: International Social Work (Reg #: 17238)
Instructor: Filomena Critelli
Effective social work practice increasingly requires an internationalist perspective and a broader understanding of the connection between global and local issues. This course offers an opportunity to examine key global social issues, policies and social welfare institutions in different regions the world with a special focus on human rights and globalization’s impact on social welfare and human need. This is an excellent introductory class for students who may be interested in pursuing social work in an international setting or preparing for an international field placement or want to expand their knowledge of global human rights issues and practice.


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1. Gender Institute Faculty Research Grants

For information on the Gender Institute's research grants, fellowships, scholarships, and cosponsorships, click here:http://genderin.buffalo.edu/grants&fellowship


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Early Modern Research Workshop

Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop

Urban Image Research Workshop



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